Are you looking to “up your game” when it comes to hostess gifts for the holidays? Try this simple wine bag sewing pattern that uses drop cloth fabric and stamps. Best of all, the materials you need won’t break the bank!
As an added bonus, I’m offering FREE printable gift tags with 16 different holiday designs you can add to your wine bags. See details at the end of this post.
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Why DIY a Wine Gift Bag?
Beyond the fact that it’s fun to make, here are a few reasons to justify making your own drop cloth wine gift bag.
- Bringing wine in a fancy bag shows you went the extra mile.
- Cloth wine bags last longer than paper. (Reusable, baby!)
- Even if you or the hostess don’t drink wine, you can use your fancy bag for a variety of other drinks/liquids. Think olive oil, sparkling cider, balsamic vinegar, bubble bath, etc.
- The opportunities to personalize and customize are endless.
Wine Bag Sewing Supplies
To get started, buy some wine (obviously)! 😉 Then, gather the following supplies:
- Simple wine bag sewing pattern (download PDF file here)
- Drop cloth
- Festive stamps
- Ink pad for fabric
- Sewing materials: thread, scissors, pins, etc.
Luckily, drop cloth comes in large quantities, so you’ll have plenty of fabric left over to make more adorable projects. (Valentine’s gift bags, anyone?) For these wine bags, I used leftover fabric from my stenciled table runner and DIY tote bag projects.
Wine Bottle Bag – Sewing Instructions
Step 1: Prepare drop cloth fabric
Before working with drop cloth, wash the fabric according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Most drop cloths are machine washable.
Next, cut your fabric pieces according to the pattern dimensions. You’ll need one rectangular piece and one circular piece for each wine bottle gift bag.
Step 2: Stamp the drop cloth
You have the option of stamping your fabric before cutting, but I like to know what my pieces look like first. Test your stamp on a scrap piece of fabric before you begin the real deal.
With ink pads made for fabric, you can also use a hot iron to “set” the stamp for a more permanent application.
Another option is to use fabric paint and stencils to create your design. I have a full tutorial for painting on canvas fabric.
Step 3: Hem the long top edge of the rectangle and attach ribbon
Double-fold the top edge toward the inside of the fabric to create a hem. My hem (from the top to the stitching) measured about 1/4 inch when finished.
Next, sew the ribbon in place at the front mid-point (opposite the raw edges), 3 1/2 inches below the top hem. My ribbon measured 26 inches, which allowed me to double-wrap it around the bottle neck and create a bow.
This is my favorite sewing machine, by the way (click to see on Amazon)…
Step 4: Sew the side (short edge) of the rectangle
Turn the rectangle piece inside-out, and sew the side seam to create a cylinder shape. I like to reinforce the edge with a simple zigzag stitch after using a straight stitch to prevent the edges from fraying too much.
Tip: Always pin your fabric in place to prevent shifting as you sew.
Step 5: Sew the bottom seam
With the bag still turned inside-out, pin the circular bottom of the bag to the cylinder, and sew around the circle. Again, you can use a zigzag stitch to reinforce raw edges after straight stitching.
After finishing the bottom seam, turn the bag right-side-out, and you are ready to party!
Prepare your bag for gifting
Once you’ve finished sewing your wine gift bag, you can add more flair with my FREE printable holiday gift tags! I’ve created 16 designs for immediate download.
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More DIY wine gift bag ideas
While other wine bag patterns exist, I love the simplicity and affordability of this quick-sew wine bag. Now that you know how to sew a wine bag, consider these other options for customization:
- New Year’s stamp or fabric
- Valentine’s Day cupid pattern or stamp
- Sports team logo
- College logo
- Company logo
- Bridal shower pattern
- Baby shower pattern
- Wedding or anniversary pattern
I love giving the gift of wine because it’s often something shared with great conversation among friends and family. I hope you’ll enjoy personalizing these and sharing them with loved ones.
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Leave me a note in the comments about how you plan to use your wine bags. I love hearing from you!